U.S. Navy/Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Nathan T. Beard

Editor's Note: This article by Oriana Pawlyk and Gina Harkins originally appeared on Military.com, a leading source of news for the military and veteran community.

Florida-based troops and their families are being urged to make hurricane preparations as Hurricane Dorian picks up speed as it careens toward the state, forcing aircraft and ships to be moved out of the storm's path.

Dorian is expected to make landfall in Florida on Monday evening as a Category 4 storm. The hurricane is expected to pack 140 mph winds and pummel the state with heavy rainfall, bringing the threat of dangerous storm surges.

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